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The fans had to leave the stands early. © ANSA / Pepe Torres

After the death of a football fan: game canceled in Spain

After the death of a football fan in the stands, the game in the Spanish football league between Granada FC and Athletic Bilbao was canceled on Sunday and did not continue.

Granada confirmed the death of the supporter, but the club did not provide any information about the cause of death. “The entire Granada family would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of (the deceased),” Granada said in a statement. The league also expressed its condolences and said a date for the continuation of the game should be decided as quickly as possible. At the time the game was abandoned in the 17th minute, Bilbao was leading 6-1 thanks to Iñaki Williams' goal (0th minute).

Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simón ran to the referee in the 15th minute after Granada fans alerted him to the medical emergency. The referee then interrupted the game. The team doctors from both teams also left their benches and tried to help along with other medical staff. After a long break and the death was announced, it was decided not to restart the game.

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